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First of many visits ahead

US Secretary of State John Kerry

By Staff Reporter

US Vice President Joe Biden is the first in a series of high-profile visits to the island planned for the coming months.

As has already been reported, US Secretary of State John Kerry will also visit Cyprus later this year.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin is due on the island on May 29. He has not asked to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, according to sources.

Also expected are Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and French President Francois Hollande.

The administration of President Nicos Anastasiades wants all United Nations Security Council permanent members to have some role to a degree on Cyprus problem. The five permanent members are the US, UK, Russia, France and China.

The government also expected a high-level EU visit in early June and a high-level Israeli visit, also this year, the sources said. The EU envoy Pieter Van Nuffel is due in Cyprus this week.

According to the sources, the idea is for him to set up base in Cyprus more permanently.

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